It may be spring in Australia, but the Chinese community are happy to share their Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival with us on Saturday 10th September 2016 in Epping.
The Mooncake festival is usually held on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar to coincide with the moon being at its fullest and brightest. Although it will be out of season, the Mooncake Festival will lose none of its lustre. Rich with colours and tastes and sounds of China, and steeped in tradition, this Festival is a cultural celebration the whole family can enjoy.
The traditional Mooncake Festival focuses on three fundamental elements. The first element is to gather with family and friends for a starlit party. Participate in or simply watch displays of singing and dancing, which will add to the truly festive atmosphere.
The second focus is to give thanks for the harvest and harmonious unions. This Thanksgiving element will be marked by cultural performances sure to delight and enchant. Fully submerse yourself in the Chinese culture and reap the benefit of the harvest.
The final element is the benefit of prayer, for conceptual and material satisfaction. Follow the reverent lantern parade featured on the night and enjoy this peaceful decoration of light. Everyone is welcome to make and display a lantern, and there will be prizes awarded for the best exhibits.
The Mooncake Mid Autumn Festival is being held on Saturday 10th September 2016 from 7pm to 9pm at the Epping Memorial Hall, 827 High Street, Epping. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to attend.